Berhampur, August 9 (LocalWire): Gajapati district administration has shut an illegally-run private child care institute at the outskirt of Paralakhemundi yesterday
afternoon and rescued as many as 62 minors, including 36 boys and 26 girls, belonging to different areas of the district.
‘The rescued children were produced before the district child welfare committee,’ inspector in charge, Paralakhemundi police station, Bibekanand Swain, said.
The the councellors of district child protection officer and Childline after counseling the children handed them over to their parents.
‘We will ensure their studies continue. They will be enrolled in schools near to their village after discussion with their parents,’ said district child protection officer Arun Kumar Tripathy.
Police raided the school jointly with officials of district child protection office and Childline.
‘During verification, we found the institute was running illegally for four years without any registration,’ said police.
The owner of the home did not resist during the rescue of the inmates, police added.
Since no inmate complained against the owner of the home, police said they have not registered any case against him.
‘We, however, warned him not to run the institute further,’ said Swain.
In the last week, Kandhamal district administration closed down three illegally-run child care institutes and rescued 97 kids, including 17 girls, aged between five to 15 years from these homes.
The homes were functioning at Bramhanigaon, Gadapur and near Phulbani.